Coventry hospital gets historic toy delivery just in time for Christmas - The Coventry Observer

Coventry hospital gets historic toy delivery just in time for Christmas

Coventry Editorial 9th Dec, 2023   0

A SELECTION of historic toys have arrived at Coventry’s University Hospital just in time for Christmas- but it was the city’s Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, not Santa Claus, which made the delivery.

The museum donated the toys, some dating back more than 200 years, to form an exhibition which makes the hospital less daunting to visit and supports patient recovery.

Many of the gifts, which will remain on display until the spring, have poignant connections to Coventry.

They can be found on the ground floor along the main corridor leading to Outpatients.

Arts Co-ordinator, Emma Linnane, said: “This has brought so much warmth and nostalgia to our patients, visitors and staff.

“We want our art collection to bring a smile and spark up a conversation, so we are thrilled to be welcoming the Herbert into the hospital to help tell a few stories of our amazing city.”

Martin Roberts, Curatorial Manager at the Herbert, added: “Everyone should have access to art and museums, so this is an opportunity for the Herbert to reach new audiences.

“But hopefully the colourful vibrancy of the display will also make the hospital less daunting for inpatients and visitors alike.”


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